Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Stillstrom will assess the feasibility of developing an offshore charging hub capable of supplying sustainable power, grid energy, and battery pack charging, to idling vessels outside the port.
The concept has vast potential not only for offshore vessels, but also many other types of ships at ports, anchorages and other locations where idle vessels burn dirty fuel to meet shipboard energy requirements.
Developed by Maersk Supply Service (MSS), the Stillstrom setup will focus first on decarbonising the offshore sector. MSS has had a presence in Aberdeen for nearly half a century and operates a number of offshore vessels from there. The Scottish port is one of the UK’s busiest, with close to 6,000 ships calling there and/or anchoring off each year.
Port of Aberdeen’s Chief Executive, Bob Sanguinetti, commented: “Innovative thinking and practices are crucial if we’re to achieve a green maritime industry. We look forward to working with Stillstrom to develop low carbon power supply and reduce emissions from vessels on standby outside our port. Pioneering projects, like renewable offshore charging, will help to make our vision of becoming Scotland’s premier Net Zero port a reality.”